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ABE DENIED EX-COMFORT WOMEN’S TESTIMONIES March 6, 2007

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20070305-00000016-maip-pol-view-0001.jpgPrime Minister ABE Shinzo said there is no need for Japan to make a fresh apology for forcing women from other parts of Asia into sexual servitude for the Japanese military during the war, even if the U.S. Congress passes a resolution calling on him to do so.

“We will not apologize because of a resolution,” Abe told the House of Councilors Budget Committee, referring to the draft resolution on the table at the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee. ”The draft resolution is not based on objective facts nor does it reflect the Japanese government’s responses so far,” 71161.jpghe said.

Abe reiterated he will stand by the government’s 1993 statement acknowledging and apologizing for the forced recruitment (*in wide sense) of what Japan euphemistically referred to as “comfort women” in Korean Peninsula and China. He was responding to a question from a Democratic Party of Japan lawmaker. Abe made the remarks after drawing a strong protest from South Korea by saying last week there is no evidence to back claims that the Japanese military used coercion to force the women into frontline brothels.

Tokyo, in the 1993 statement issued by then Chief Cabinet Secretary KONO Yohei , acknowledged the Imperial Japanese Army was involved in forcing(*in a wide sense) women in Asia into sexual servitude for its soldiers at frontline brothels.
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*”forcing” in a wide sense:  for example, though the person didn’t want to be a prostitute,  she had no choice but to be a prostitute because of family circumstances.  There is not evidence to prove that military police men visited each house and kidnapped women against their intentions. However,  KONO Yohei’s statement acknowledged that Japanese military had something to do with recruitments. 
Testimony is not evidence. Testimony is always required its credibility.  Testimony is always required its proof.  There is no evidence to prove that Japanese military forced prostitution on ex-comfort women at all.   There is not even testimony that someone saw they were kidnapped by someone. Their testimonies have often been changed.  Their testimonies are not consistency.  Who can trust their testimoies?  There are many evidences to prove that ex-comfort women applied for the job by their intentions.

証言と証拠は違う。証言は常にその信憑性が問われる。証言には裏づけが必要とされる。その証言がたびたびコロコロと変わり、一貫性がない。また、その証言そのものが当時の状況と合致していないのであれば、その証言はまったく信憑性がないことになる。つまり、その証言は嘘になるのだ。日本軍が彼女らに売春を強制したとする証拠はない。彼女らが自らの意思で望んで慰安婦という仕事に応募した証拠がいくらでもある。私が思うには、元慰安婦たちは「激しい怒り」の感情を日本政府にぶつけているが、その証言が嘘であるならば、彼女らの行為は、日本という国、そして日本人そのものを侮辱している行為であり、むしろ日本人自身が彼女らに対して嫌悪と怒りの感情を抱くのが当然だと思う。

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1. BACKGROUND OF 'COMFORT WOMEN' ISSUE - April 1, 2007

BACKGROUND OF ‘COMFORT WOMEN’ ISSUE / Comfort station originated in govt-regulated ‘civilian prostitution’

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/20070331dy01.htm

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Controversy over the so-called comfort women has been inflamed again. The U.S. House of Representatives has been deliberating a draft resolution calling for the Japanese government to apologize over the matter by spurning the practice as slavery and human trafficking. Why has such a biased view of the issue prevailed? The Yomiuri Shimbun carried in-depth reports on the issue Tuesday. The writers are Masanobu Takagi, Hiroaki Matsunaga and Emi Yamada of the political news department. Starting today, The Daily Yomiuri will carry the stories in three installments.

To discuss the comfort women issue, it is indispensable to understand the social background of the time when prostitution was authorized and regulated by the government in Japan. Prostitution was tacitly permitted in limited areas up until 1957, when the law to prevent prostitution was enforced.

Comfort women received remuneration in return for sexual services at so-called comfort stations for military officers and soldiers. According to an investigation report publicized by the government on Aug. 4, 1993, on the issue of comfort women recruited into sexual service for the Japanese military, there is a record mentioning the establishment of such a brothel in Shanghai around 1932, and additional similar facilities were established in other parts of China occupied by the Imperial Japanese Army.

Some of them were under the direct supervision of the military authorities, but many of the brothels catering to soldiers were privately operated.

Modern historian Ikuhiko Hata, a former professor at Nihon University, says the comfort women system should be defined as the “battleground version of civilian prostitution.”

Comfort women were not treated as “paramilitary personnel,” unlike jugun kangofu (military nurses) and jugun kisha (military correspondents). During the war, comfort women were not called “jugun ianfu” (prostitutes for troops). Use of such generic terminology spread after the war. The latter description is said to have been used by writer Kako Senda (1924-2000) in his book titled “Jugun Ianfu” published in 1973. Thereafter, the usage of jugun ianfu prevailed.

In addition to Japanese women, women from the Korean Peninsula and Taiwan, both then under Japanese colonial rule, and China, the Philippines, Indonesia and other countries invaded by the Imperial Japanese Army were recruited as comfort women.

Hata estimates that 40 percent of the wartime comfort women were Japanese, 30 percent Chinese and other nationalities and 20 percent Korean.

The total number of comfort women has yet to be determined exactly.

According to a report compiled by Radhika Coomaraswany of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights in 1996, there were 200,000 comfort women from the Korean Peninsula alone. The figure in the report was based on information Coomaraswany had obtained in North Korea. But this report contained many factual errors, and its quoted sources lacked impartiality. Foreign Minister Taro Aso rejected the figure of 200,000 as “lacking objective evidence.”

The reasons cited for the need for comfort women and wartime brothels are as follows:

— To prevent military officers and soldiers from raping women and committing other sex crimes in occupied areas.

— To prevent venereal disease from spreading through troops who would otherwise contact local prostitutes who did not receive periodic medical checks.

— To prevent military secrets from being leaked by limiting the women who provided sexual services to officers and soldiers to recruited comfort women.

Such a system and the use of wartime brothels generally are not limited only to the Imperial Japanese military.

The U.S. troops that occupied Japan after the war used brothels provided by the Japanese side. There was a case in which U.S. military officials asked the Japanese authorities to provide women for sexual services. During the Vietnam War, brothels similar to those established for the former Japanese military were available to U.S. troops, a U.S. woman journalist has pointed out.

Hata said: “There were wartime brothels also for the German troops during World War II. Some women were forced into sexual slavery. South Korean troops had brothels during the Korean War, according to a finding by a South Korean researcher.”

(Mar. 31, 2007)

2. Paul Johnson - October 30, 2008

Hata said: “There were wartime brothels also for the German troops during World War II. Some women were forced into sexual slavery. South Korean troops had brothels during the Korean War, according to a finding by a South Korean researcher.”
Is this guy serious? Prostitution during war occured in many countries, as some women thought that it was the only to survive out of extreme poverty. Yes, but we remember and criticize the system of ‘comfort stations’ used by Japan, because the Japanse military forced women into sexual slavery and the women were never paid. The retarded historian continues and mentions Germany. But Germany has always been criticized for such crimes against humanity. According to the historian, Japan should be criticized as well. The Germans admit what they have done and say we are really sorry. Why can’t the Japanese admit their crimes?
He mentions South Korea. As i’ve said, several belligerent countries had brothels. Proper brothels where the owner gives money to his/her prostitutes. Not ‘comfort stations’. Don’t compare what the Japanese did to other countries. What the Japanese did was definitely a crime. One may always compare Imperial Japan to Nazi Germany and say that they were similar but never to any other country.
This article in general had several flaws. (e.g. “‘comfort women’ received remuneration.” With what evidence do you say that? The victims clearly claim that they did not. They only received small tips occasionally according to the testimonies.) Too too many flaws to rebuke. But I don’t have time right now. i’ll come back later.
Remember the whole world knows the crimes committed by the Imperial Japanese. Trying to hide and manipulate historical facts for policial advantages and sustenance of patriotism is one of the most cowardice actions a country can take. (I can’t stand patriotism of any country. Let’s just say that we are the citizens of the world.)


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